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COURTS    OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.                105

Chantilly, November ioth, 1796.

We lodged at Boulogne with Mrs. Knowles,
who was two years in prison and has lost her fat,
but not her tongue, nor her hatred of those she
lives amongst. There is little to be earned and
many disconsolate poor. The few persons we have
spoken with have little hopes of peace. Many
deserters are lurking about the woods, and there
are continual robberies and murders. We have
not travelled half an hour in the dark, as you may
see by the slowness of our journey.

There is no great danger of any feats being
done in the invasion way, as they cannot get
their men to go on board. There are gun-boats
at Boulogne for the defence of the coast, but, as
there is no pay, the officers do nothing and the
men desert.

I am surprised that Mrs. Knowles, with her
abuse of the French and her rash talk, has kept
her head on her shoulders. She begged relief
for Mr. Cannon, who is in prison with his four
children and very ill off for everything.

This country is sadly depopulated since the
Revolution. Ambleteux alone has lost three hun-
dred men fit to bear arms. At Amiens the masons
appeared to be pulling down some churches, but
the cathedral is not at all injured.